"One-sided skepticism is no skepticism at all." Featured
notes: A somewhat longer discussion of this quote is in a blog post with the same headline.
source: Michael Mann quoted in Slate, "Battle Hardened by the Climate Wars: The author of the 'hockey stick' graph tells his story."
February 24, 2012
February 29, 2012
"one-sided skeptic" is about the best I've seen so far. ( See the longer discussion in the blog post with the same headline.)
May 17, 2012
It is important not to allow extremists to claim valid terms for their territory. Mann has given us a handy phrase for disallowing the vicious attack camp from claiming the term 'sceptic'. Even if they give themselves names like Galilleo!, we cannot have the conversation on THEIR terms.
Perhaps I see 'sceptic' as having an active component to it. It doesn't quite apply to the mass of people who are indifferent to the issue and not paying it much attention.
For those who are unsure, and not wallowing in the denier echo chamber, I'm inclined to think of them as 'doubters' rather than sceptics. But it's a fine point.
When I have a reasonable exchange with a new 'doubter' I would never use 'denier' because it is likely to shut down conversation. But for those who are 'rusted on' and in active denial, I'm happy to use the term.